The Real Madrid star is relishing the opportunity to play against his former club Manchester United in the Champions League this month. The first leg of the Round of 16 will take place at Santiago Bernabeu next week.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who celebrated his 28th birthday earlier this week, admits he is eager to meet his former teammates. Meanwhile, the Portuguese scored his 20th hat-trick since moving to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £80 million from Manchester United in 2009.
The three goals against Sevilla take Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally for this season to 36 goals in 35 appearances. Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 182 goals in 179 appearances for Real Madrid since moving to Santiago Bernabeu.
“Yes Manchester was a very good cycle for me,” Cristiano Ronaldo told The Sun. “I won everything there. It was a fantastic part of my life there.
“And maybe it was the time I enjoyed my football the most because I was so young. To be at Manchester United - one of the biggest clubs in the world - at just 18. It was a dream.
“And to play alongside those players you had only seen before on television - maybe that's why I feel I enjoyed it there the most.
“I'm not saying I don't enjoy it here in Madrid - I do. But I'm older now, more mature. I'm not a dreamer any more like I was when I was young.
“I'm 28 now so I'm not at the beginning any more. I'm middle-aged!”
Cristiano Ronaldo reckons he has provided Real Madrid with more balanced statistics since moving into the club. The Portuguese football star believes his “maturity” has a lot to do with this phenomenon.
“The statistics have changed because I am more mature and I have learned some things.
“With that maturity you actually do more things for the team rather than for yourself. But I still try to score as many goals as I can although I also try to give a lot of assists.
“You also have to realize that the football here is different, the team is different. Many things here are different.”